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Buying a new laptop


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#1 Joe Connor

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Posted 19 April 2009 - 02:34 PM

Hey,

I wasnt sure where to post this, but this board looked like the most suitable forum to post it in. So im looking to buy a new laptop, Looking to spend upto 600;

http://www.laptopsdirect.co.uk/AdvSearch/d...Blu-Ray_Laptops

I also would like it to play The Sims 3 well! :huh:

Any suggestions on what to buy, feel free whether it be from that site or ebay or whatever. Just want a powerful laptop.

Thanks :thumbsup:

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#2 DJBPace07

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Posted 19 April 2009 - 04:42 PM

The problem with laptops is that they aren't meant for gaming. Typically, the graphics solution is underpowered (as with the mobility graphics solutions) and many manufacturers include lower-end CPU's, such as the Turion or Centrino. For best results, I strongly suggest purchasing a desktop PC. If you insist in buying a laptop, you may want to increase what you are willing to spend. If you're wanting to play The Sims 3, you will want a powerful PC, one with a 2.4GHz. processor, more than 3GB or so of RAM, and a reasonably powerful graphics card. If you insist on buying a laptop, you can get one from Dell. If you do, get the specifications above with the best graphics card they offer for the laptop. Their XPS line of laptops, after looking at what they offer, should meet your needs but you will go over your budget. The least expensive one on this page will do. They don't offer 64-bit Windows on that model so your memory will be slightly reduced.

Sims 3 Minimum Hardware Requirements

Edited by DJBPace07, 19 April 2009 - 04:47 PM.

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#3 Joe Connor

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Posted 20 April 2009 - 11:41 AM

Hmm... cant really go above that to be honest. How about these?

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/L6795-Sony-Vaio-VGN-...%3A1|240%3A1318

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/L6807-Dell-XPS-M1710...%3A1|240%3A1318

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Posted 20 April 2009 - 02:07 PM

Okay, ill go for a tower. What do you think of these?

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/X-Blade-Wireless-QUA...%3A1|240%3A1318

or

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vie...%3D1&_rdc=1

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Posted 20 April 2009 - 03:51 PM

I'm strongly against buying PC's off off ebay. The risks just aren't worth it. I would either build myself a PC or go to Dell or HP and have one configured just the way I want.

EBay PC #1: The description for this PC is filled mostly with PR and deceptive advertising. The specs are mediocre, the CPU is a bit old using an older model motherboard. The graphics card is also underpowered for the performance of the PC.
EBay PC #2: This one uses an old Athlon X2 5200 processor, The graphics card is also a 9500, which isn't that good.
EBay PC #3: I wonder why people are taking the CPU's clock speed and multiplying it by the number of cores, what you get as a result isn't the actual speed of the processor. This PC does have a good processor and graphics card, but I would be more concerned about the power supply. I've never heard of Powercool before.

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#6 Joe Connor

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Posted 20 April 2009 - 04:40 PM

How about the second one, i just updated the list ;)

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Posted 20 April 2009 - 06:39 PM

The second auction has ended, and I repeat my warning about EBay. I personally know several people who bought higher priced items and had nothing or the wrong item delivered.

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